Coastal Zone Ecotones

  • G. Carleton Ray
  • Bruce P. Hayden
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 92)


The coastal zone lies between terrestrial and marine systems. It includes the entirety of the coastal plains, the continental shelves and their waters, and bays, estuaries, lagoons, dune fields, and deltas (Inman and Nordstrom 1971; Ketchum 1972; Inman and Brush 1973; Fig. 21.1). Globally, this zone covers only about 8% of the earth, yet about two thirds of humanity and a disproportionate amount of biodiversity and productivity occur within it (Ray 1988).


Coastal Zone Continental Shelf Coastal Plain Strategic Assessment Upland Watershed 
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  • Bruce P. Hayden

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